Some people find their concepts of themselves or others stressful or worrying. Who is at risk of such forms of distress? What evidence clarifies such distress? for various people at various times? And how can the people at risk best be supported? [Read and discuss more about Mental health and Psychology.]
There are reports in the UK and USA (amongst other countries) of women being forced to share prison accommodation with ‘intact’ natal men who self-ID as women. There are also reported incidences where female officers have been assaulted by trans men (and of natal women in prisons, already traumatised and powerless, being assaulted by male… Continue reading Trans women in prison
The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) is for children and young people, and their families, who experience difficulties in the development of their gender identity. It’s a national specialised service, based in London and Leeds, and is the only one of its kind in Great Britain. A number of serious concerns about the service have… Continue reading The Tavistock Clinic: (Paediatric) Gender identity development service (GIDS) and Mermaids
When should we use titles? Mx, Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms? Or what? And with which pronouns, when? Here’s an example of how one writer suggests ‘maternity’ matters might be trans-inclusive: The language of maternity is alive and well – so why not expand it to include trans parents? by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and this is… Continue reading Titles, nouns and pronouns (Mx, ‘chest-feeding’ etc)
This survey was undertaken in 2020, and the findings in the second set of questions follow from the conditions ‘established’ in the first set of responses. Do these views still stand? What can be the political messages gleaned from them? ** From the (UK) NHS: Gender identity and why it is important to ask about
There have been some significant reports about how schools and students are responding to the ‘trans debate’. These include Girl ‘driven out of school for questioning trans ideology’ Schoolgirls rejecting mixed toilets over boys’ bad behaviour Nadhim Zahawi: ‘Trans pupils should wear uniform they want — but sport is different’ . The Stranglehold of Transgender… Continue reading Education: Schools and PHSRE
A recent report has suggested that we ask whether the concept of ‘sex’ as a way to categorise people is really necessary. Pink News‘ headlines for 11 May 2022 are that ‘Abolishing legal sex and gender comes with many, many pros, radical new report finds‘. The Pink News report tell us that ‘… (UK) law… Continue reading Is sex (as a category) really necessary?
There are some words in the ‘language’ of sex and gender which many find objectionable. Examples might be ‘CIS’ and ‘TERF’; but for outside observers these terms are meaningless. How can they – and maybe other similarly triggering terms? – be explained? Are they legitimate terms? [Read and discuss more about Language and terminology.] **… Continue reading The meanings of words (TERF, CIS and other terms)
There is debate about the reality of otherwise of risks for women, trans, gay and lesbian people and others in shared intimate spaces. Who must take responsibility for assessing the evidence of real risks to (variously defined) vulnerable groups? Do trades unions have a role here? And if so, how? Is there a tension between… Continue reading At risk groups: Can trades unions help establish real risk levels?
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